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The Kid from Cleveland (1949)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Sport  -  5 September 1949 (USA)
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Baseball team (the Cleveland Indians) helps a troubled teenaged fan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ...
Lynn Bari ...
Katherine Jackson
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Johnny Barrows (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tommy Cook ...
Dan Hudson
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Emily Novak
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Carl Novak
K. Elmo Lowe ...
Dave Joyce
John Beradino ...
Mac
Bill Veeck ...
Bill Veeck - Cleveland Indians Owner and President
Lou Boudreau ...
Lou Boudreau - Cleveland Indians Infielder and Manager
Tris Speaker ...
Tris Speaker - Cleveland Indians Coach
Hank Greenberg ...
Hank Greenberg - Cleveland Indians Outfilder
Bob Feller ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher
Gene Bearden ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher (as Satchell Paige)
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Teen baseball fan Johnny Barrows sneaks into the baseball stadium of the Cleveland Indians, then playing in the 1948 World Series; claiming to be an orphan, he befriends team members & broadcaster Mike Jackson. But it develops that Johnny has a troubled home life with his mother and stepfather, and is involved in juvenile crime. His 'better side' shows only when he runs away to visit the team again. Can Mike and the Indians (playing themselves) wrest Johnny away from bad influences? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Action | Drama | Sport

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5 September 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revolta de um Coração  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The ballpark shown on the "spring training" section of the movie is actually League Park in Cleveland (on the corner of E.66th and Lexington), which was the home of the Cleveland Indians from 1891 until 1946. When the movie was shot in the spring of 1949, the park was being used by high schools and amateur baseball teams in the spring and summer and high school and semi-pro football teams in the fall. Most of it was torn down in 1951, but small part still remains today as does the field itself, where little leaguer's now play where the greats of the game made their names. See more »

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Introducing Rusty Tamblyn as Johnny Barrows and his 30 godfathers. See more »

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Not just history, there is a story too
15 May 2001 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I suppose that this is somewhat less than a good average film. On the other hand, I never was bored watching it and I intend to watch it again (no, not because I am an Indians fan--I'm not). Possibly this is due to the continued appearances of the 1948 Indians. This may be a movie, but historically where will you ever get another chance to hear those great players and see more of them than you get from a brief newsreel.

Plus, there really is a story beyond the baseball. It shows fairly well the results of poor communication, lack of communication, and miscommunication. It also shows the importance of caring for someone, how important that is, and how important it is to work at showing that you care. We sometimes forget that there does need to be an intensity to our relationships, that we need to consciously work on our relationships with others.

Johnny Barrows loses his father in the war. He becomes especially upset when his mother remarries. Through a misunderstanding, he never really takes to his stepfather. His behavior is best when he is with the Indians. It is not till the end that this is cleared up and that is helped by a story of Larry Doby's first days as an Indian.


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